Get Organized With These DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves #Back2SchoolReady

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We are a book loving family. My kids love getting new books even more than new toys! No bedtime routine is complete without us reading aloud together and it’s one of my favorite things. Sharing a great book with my children, the discussions they spur and that quality time we spend reading is priceless.

This time of year has people focusing on Back to School. Thinking about school supplies and clothes shopping as well as getting your pantry and freezer stocked with quick, nutritious breakfast, lunch and after-school snack foods. Kellogg’s has lots of products to choose from to help with that.

I was in Walmart recently and in their seasonal aisle it was stocked with  like Nutri-Grain breakfast bars, Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats and more.

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Over in the frozen section there were so many boxes of delicious Eggo Waffles to choose from!  As I was making my selections, I saw something amazing on the boxes! Each specially marked box was redeemable for a free Scholastic Book!

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Great Kellogg’s product and free books made me a very happy camper.

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My kids love Eggo Waffles and they are easy to make even on busy school mornings.

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Nutri-Grain breakfast bars let you enjoy a nutritious and delicious breakfast on the go! They are a favorite choice  for this busy mom. My kids love them for breakfast, in their lunchbox and even as an after school snack.

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Rice Krispies Treats are another favorite lunch box snack for my boys. Who can forget one of my favorites growing up, Pop-Tarts! They are still going strong and one my kids choose for a quick snack or after school treat. With Kellogg’s there is never a reason to skip breakfast! After all, it is the most important meal of the day!

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This Kellogg’s free Scholastic book promotion is truly the icing on the Kellogg’s cake! Every specially marked box has a code inside redeemable for a Scholastic Book of your choice. This free book promotion is great even if you don’t have little ones. Think about donating the books to less fortunate children and share the gift of reading. Donate them to a school, day care or nursery school in the area. For teachers this is a great way to get books for your classroom. I am so excited about this, can you tell?

It is so easy to redeem the codes for these free books. If you do not have one already you just set up a Kellogg’s Family Rewards Account HERE and then just put your code in and choose from a drop down list the store you purchased the product from. You can then enter more codes and when you’re done order your books.

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You can choose hard copy or eBooks with your codes. You can choose to donate a book to the school of your choice online. You can only donate hard copy books. When you donate a book to the school of your choice it will ship in an envelope that says it was generously donated by your family. All codes must be redeemed within 14 days of purchase. All books are shipped free of charge. Spanish titles are also available.

It is easy to choose your books and you can select by reading level. Have your child choose books that interest them. You can easily add all kinds of topics and reading level books to your home library. Having a good variety of books encourages kids to read.

We just redeemed 5 codes and ordered 2 Magic School Bus Books, A Clifford Book, 100 Most Feared Creatures and There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Book! We are excited to get them!

You can also buy direct at and receive free book purchases from purchases made between 7/21/15-9/11/15.  Look for Buy Now button HERE for a list of all eligible items. E-commerce redemptions are made via receipt scanning. See full details at the HERE link above.  Remember whether purchased in store or online you must redeem your code within 14 days to get your free book!

With all the great books we have and all the new free Scholastic books that are on their way to us, we needed some more book storage.  If you’re in the same boat, I want to share an easy, fast, inexpensive book storage solution that looks great too!

These book shelves that my husband and I recently put up in our son’s room are made from inexpensive vinyl rain gutters you can pick up in most home improvement stores.

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They are very inexpensive, we purchased a 10′ rain gutter for under $4.  You need end caps and they are about $3 a piece and sold in sets of two. We used screws with anchors to attach them to the wall. For less than $10 each we had two 3′ book shelves and another 4′ book shelf we are putting by his bed. We love the results so much we are putting many more of these up.  In our music room we plan to put some up to hold all the music books.

I would advise you purchase the vinyl rain gutters over the aluminum for a number of reasons.  First and foremost they are safer, no sharp edges for kids or adults to get cut on, no shards of metal from drilling for screws or cutting. They will not get dented or bent the way aluminum gutters will. There is no crimping that needs to be done to attach the end caps as the vinyl end caps fit on easily and cleanly.

We cut the 10 foot gutter up into two 3 ft. pieces and one 4 ft. piece. There are lots of options with these gutters and you can even get connecting pieces to let them wrap a corner.

When we brought them home we just attached the end caps to each 3 foot section.


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Next, my husband easily drilled three holes for the screws. We put 1 screw on each end and one in the middle.  We used wall anchor screws and we added a washer that you fit under the lip of the gutter on the inside of the shelf and stops the screw from puckering the vinyl on the interior of the shelf.

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Then he put the shelf on the wall, leveled it and marked the screw holes. He then put the anchors in the wall. After that he just attached them to the wall with the screws and we were good to go.

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Easy inexpensive book shelves made from vinyl rain gutters! #storage #books #diy #Back2SchoolReady #Ad #mommyramblings

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These rain gutter shelves are super sturdy, hold lots of book and look great! Let me know what you think? What do you do for your book storage?


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29 Responses to Get Organized With These DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves #Back2SchoolReady

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That is an insanely clever idea. I never would have thought to make a shelf from a gutter, but I love it.

  2. this is such a great idea if you have the wall space. I have loads of windows – and they are long and high – so this would never work for us.
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    • Well you have to be creative. I have a lot of windows in my home too. Think about the sides and back of closets. you can cut them any size remember.

  3. I love the rain gutter book shelves, totally cute! School just started for us here on Thursday, I can’t believe it, I’m gonna have to stalk up on these breakfast essentials!
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  4. Hard to believe summer is almost over. School time can be exciting too for the kids.
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  5. Great idea for those with children!

    • You don’t have to have children, you can use them anywhere. What about a music room, we are putting them up for music books. Adults can use them for books or magazines. They are awesome, even install on the sides and back of a closet.

  6. I love this idea for bookshelves!
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  7. That is such a great idea to use rain gutters for!
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  8. these are super cute book shelves. I don’t have much wall space in my house – too many low and high windows. I vet this makes it easier to see your books too
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  9. I love the idea of rain gutter book shelves.
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  10. michelle bowman

    This is a great idea for a house with small space. also kids will enjoy reading their books because they will always see their books. Even on shop, this can be done for past time of customers while waiting…thanks for sharing

  11. Elizabeth O.

    I super love the bookshelves! What an awesome, money-saving way to organize books! Thanks for the great idea!

  12. I love DIY projects. Our family would enjoy doing this I think.
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  13. I have always loved this idea when I see it and keep telling myself I need to make these shelves!
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    • I was the same way, had it on my Pinterest boards forever. I am so glad we bit the bullet and did it. It is so easy and they hold a lot. I am going to be putting them up all over now. even great for the inside of closets.

  14. CourtneyLynne

    Omg I’m just loving that book shelf!!! Cutest thing ever!

  15. What a super idea to use gutters that way! Also, I love that you can get Scholastic books that way!
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  16. I am so distracted by the EGGOS!! Awwwww drool. I used to go through BOXES of those!! 😛
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  17. Wow this is a great idea!

  18. I saw this idea somewhere else too and thought it was genius. I really need to remember this so I can implement it around my kids beds. They like to take a LOT of books with them to bed, but maybe they would like to have them around their bed instead.
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